Reading the Genesis chapters I come to this speculation about Cain, the mark he got from god and about the land he left for ”east of Eden”. This is speculation and not rooted in any evidence of course (like many other things in the Bible), yet I find it funny, or rather interesting. So here’s some alternative Bible history.
First of all, from my own studies it seems the Bible was an updated version of something that was there before it was written – as the many stories are to be found in Sumerian writings. Also many symbols and structures are to be found in Egyptian religious writings. Specially regarding the sun. I just wanted to say that, since I don’t believe any book was written or directly told by the God. But I find it very possible that all those stories are remnants and altered version of older stories about something that took place. However, the God should not be confused with the god in the scriptures. I believe in some form of grand universal architecture and do not hold an atheistic ”it’s all a chance” stance. But religion is funny and through organized forms it makes a whole lot of people act and think in a certain way.
Let’s assume that when Cain left Eden, the garden of god, he set out to another place where there already were people. Since god supposedly made all humans and races on the same day. Then Eden must have been some sort of a base, or a protected special area and maybe even a civilization. Anyway, Cain got to the land of Nod which lies in the east of Eden. Geographically that could be the Indus Valley.
Now, here’s the funny bit. Cain dealt with crops (Abel with animals) and after the murder of his brother Cain got the mark. If god wanted the mark to protect him, then the forehead would be a good place to put it on. If we assume that the mark was the Hindu Tilaka – we have the birth of eastern religions, Hinduism. The basis of vegetarianism, compassion and karma in Hinduism come out of the wisdom learned by Cain. Could he have been the forefather of the religion? When Cain says ”My punishment is greater than I can bear” one senses a true regret and realization of ones own mistake. Something very prominent in the eastern religions in the form of karma.
One could say that the Abrahamic religions are based on obedience and when Eve took the apple punishment came. While the eastern religions are based on self-realization, as in the life of Cain, he begins with a profound mistake and then undergoes a journey in understanding, or even awakening. But nothing more is written about it in the Bible. Looking at some of the main differences in the Abrahamic and easter religions this could bear true.
I believe that Eden was not a divine place and that all of universe is divine, or not at all. Looking at it like this on the story of Cain I get a funny sensation of how historical the Bible really is. Because the Bible is a consensus book and not written by god and then published – it is fragmented and the content is selected. But even so, we can actually look at Cain as someone who began his spiritual journey through a huge mistake of killing his brother. Unlike the Buddha in a perfect tale or as in Jesus life. It would have been interesting if more was left in on Cain’s story but my speculation over a hot cup amused me and maybe you too. For who knows in the end?
- Cain’s mark is the Hindu Tilaka.
- His background as the crop worker and murderer of his brother leads him to develop awakening and the teachings of karma.
- East of Eden is what was in ancient times the Indus Valley Civilization and that’s where Cain ended up.
- Cain was the founder of eastern religions that are based on self-realization rather than obedience and punishment.
Featured image: Cormon, Fernand – Cain flying before Jehovah’s Curse.